Featured Artist – Madeline Denaro

I’ve decided to start a new feature where I pick an artist I like and showcase their work and share a little bit about them. Madeline Denaro is an artist I came across on Pinterest in my feed. I’m really drawn to abstract art, especially acrylic, which is the medium Denaro uses. I pinned a painting of hers then looked to see if I could …

Treating myself to some yummy fabric goods

It’s been a REALLY long time since I purchased fabric of any kind. I have an embarrassingly large stash and I’ve really been making an effort to sew from it the last couple of years. But when Cotton and Steel released Melody Miller’s Typewriters – this time in tan – I had to snatch a yard up before it disappeared and became as elusive as …

A gift from my mom

The other weekend when my mom came down for Hannah’s birthday party, she brought me a surprise – this quilt that she had made. I had been coveting it since I visited their house and saw it on the guest bed. It is absolutely perfect for Mike and I. Not only is it in colors that we both love, but it’s full of great text …

Abstract doodling

Yesterday I took some time to play with paint and canvas and some other new pens that I’d picked up at JoAnn’s earlier in the day. There was definitely some trial and error with the spray ink that I’d bought. I found that it didn’t work that well on my book of mixed media paper, which is supposed to be okay for paints as well …

Painting faces

My plan for the trio of canvases I collaged the other day was to make a backdrop to practice face painting on. I’ve always shied away from painting faces … mainly due to a lack of confidence. Although I took plenty of art classes in high school, I didn’t have a lot of luck sketching. I’ve been watching YouTube videos and studying what I can, …

Some time to collage

So Ella did something totally unexpected – she took a nap (it’s been 2 hours and she’s still sleeping!) – so I took the opportunity to get a little crafty. I had three 8×10 inch canvas boards that I had been wanting to turn into mixed media paintings after watching a tutorial on YouTube by an artist I like – Toni Burt. You can check …

Ella – 10 months

I cannot believe Ella is two months away from being 1 year old – time has gone so fast! Ella is a riot to be around … so bubbly and happy, she always make me smile. Every day I’m reminded of what pure joy feels like. I never want to let that feeling go. Ella is 19 lbs and 28.5 inches long. She has two …

New Coffee Mug

About seven years ago, I bought a coffee mug for my morning coffee. It is designed to be customized and came with a template to decorate the way you wanted. At the time, I used a scrapbook effect of pages torn from a fashion magazine – graphic pops of pink color and large letters, sketches of dresses. I’ve used this mug everyday for my coffee …

Jennadesigns on Etsy is open

After a lot of thought, I’ve decided to re-open my Etsy shop. I have been a seller since way back when Etsy started, first opening my shop in 2008. I sold through it and a second shop – Jenna’s Attic – all through nursing school and it helped pay for quite a bit of school. However, after I graduated, it sat vacant. Lately, I’ve been …